Edward Barrett (Irish sportsman)

Edward Edmond "Ned" Barrett (3 November 1877 – 19 March 1932) was a track and field athlete, wrestler and hurler. He was born in Rahela, Ballyduff, County Kerry, Ireland.[1]

Edward Barrett
1908 British tug of war team.jpg
The 1908 City of London Police team that won the gold medal in 1908. (Back row – left to right): Frederick Merriman, John James Shepherd, Edwin Mills, Albert Ireton, Frederick Goodfellow, Frederick Humphreys
(Front row – left to right): Edward Barrett, H. Duke (Captain), William Hirons
Born3 November 1877 (1877-11-03)
Rahela, Ballyduff, County Kerry, Ireland
Died19 March 1932 (1932-03-20) (aged 54)

Barrett played hurling with the local Ballyduff team. He emigrated to London, joined a local hurling club and was selected for the London GAA team. He was a corner-forward on the London team which won the 1901 All-Ireland Championship, beating Cork GAA 1–5 to 0–4 in the final. It remains London's only senior All-Ireland hurling Championship title. Barrett also appeared for London in the final of the following year, but this time Cork gained revenge, thrashing London 3–13 to 0–0.[citation needed]

He won a gold medal as part of the City of London Police tug-of-war team in the 1908 Olympic Games in London. He also won a bronze medal in the heavyweight division of the freestyle wrestling competition.[2]

Barrett also competed in the shot, javelin and discus competitions in the 1908 athletics programme, but wrestling was his premier sport. He was British heavyweight freestyle champion in 1909 and 1911. Barrett also competed in Greco-Roman wrestling in both 1908 and the Stockholm Olympics of 1912. He was defeated in the first round on both occasions.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Edward Barrett". Olympedia. Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Ned Barrett". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 23 May 2013.

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